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The Trumpet in the Hall
Bernard Fergusson

This is the autobiography of a soldier. Even more, it is an affirmation of faith in and love for an ancient institution with all its values and traditions. The theme is perhaps unfashionable, but the author has never been disposed to bow to fashion. Bernard Fergusson is an intellectual, a romantic and an apparent hippophobe - hardly, one might think the characteristics most suitable for an officers' mess/ The Black Watch, he knew he had found not just a job but a vocation. His career was usually unconventional, and sometimes lurid. After a spell as ADC to Wavell, he served before the war as an Intelligence Officer in Palestine, then after a plain-clothes mission in Turkey, fought in Syria against the Vichy French. The siege of Tobruk was followed by the dramatic ordeal of Wingate's campaigns in Burma. A Second spell in Palestine, the early days of NATO and a tragi-comic epilogue - in charge of psychological warfare during the Suez operation - concluded his military career. The book ends in 1958, when he sent in his papers: but his life has continued eventful and has included five crowded years as Governor-General of New Zealand. Bernard Fergusson is by no means uncritical of his chosen service, yet it is doubtful whether the color, the humor, ever the joy of a soldier's life have ever been more vividly conveyed. This is a book to make even the most ardent anti-militarist stop and think.

286 pages
hardback with covered jacket
Published by Collins; London. (1971)
225mm x 145mm

good condition
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